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The National Assessment Governing Board is currently leading updates to the Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. WestEd is a key partner in these efforts and has convened panels of subject-matter experts, practitioners, and other stakeholders to develop recommendations for improvement.

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Final updates are currently being made to the Mathematics Assessment Framework. An updated draft of the Reading Assessment Framework will be available to the general public for feedback from June to mid-July.

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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Congressionally-mandated independent measure of student achievement

  • Reports group-level performance (no results for individual students or schools)

  • Reports by achievement levels since 1990

  • Provides state-level results in several subject areas

  • Administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • Congressionally-mandated independent measure of student achievement

  • Reports group-level performance (no results for individual students or schools)

  • Reports by achievement levels since 1990

  • Provides state-level results in several subject areas

  • Administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

National Assessment Governing Board

An independent bipartisan board established by Congress in 1988 to oversee NAEP and to set policy for all aspects of NAEP:

  • Determine the assessment schedule

  • Develop frameworks

  • Review and approve assessment and survey items

  • Design methodology to ensure valid and reliable assessment

  • Set achievement levels

  • Release the Nation’s Report Card

An independent bipartisan board established by Congress in 1988 to oversee NAEP and to set policy for all aspects of NAEP:

  • Determine the assessment schedule

  • Develop frameworks

  • Review and approve assessment and survey items

  • Design methodology to ensure valid and reliable assessment

  • Set achievement levels

  • Release the Nation’s Report Card

NAEP Frameworks

  • Developed through a comprehensive, inclusive, and deliberative process

  • Describe the content and format of a NAEP assessment

    • What to measure at each grade

    • How to measure it

    • How achievement levels are to be represented

  • Written for diverse audience of educators, policymakers, and citizens

  • Developed through a comprehensive, inclusive, and deliberative process

  • Describe the content and format of a NAEP assessment

    • What to measure at each grade

    • How to measure it

    • How achievement levels are to be represented

  • Written for diverse audience of educators, policymakers, and citizens

Why Update the Mathematics Framework?

The NAEP Mathematics Assessment has not yet been informed by the last 20 years of:

  • Standards, curricula, and instruction

  • Research on cognitive development

  • Identification of future needs

  • Desirable levels of achievement